Global heating likely to increase violence and suicides, says study

Global heating likely to increase violence and suicides, says study

According to new research, rising temperatures caused by global heating are likely to increase deaths from road crashes, violence, suicides and drowning.

New analysis uses data on nearly 6m deaths in the US to calculate the impacts of a 2C rise in temperature, the main target set by the world’s nations. The scientists calculated that this increase would result in about 2,100 more fatal injuries every year in the US alone, Guardian reports.

People tend to go outside more and drink more alcohol on hotter days, while higher temperatures are known to increase rates of violence and suicide.

“Our results show how much climate change can affect young people,” said Prof Majid Ezzati of Imperial College London. “We need to respond to this threat with better preparedness in terms of emergency services, social support and health warnings.”

The research, published in the journal Nature Medicine, is based on data on recorded deaths from injuries in every county in the mainland US between 1980 to 2017.

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